Flexen exits with blister on right index finger

Rookie allows five runs over three innings vs. Rockies

August 3rd, 2017

DENVER -- Mets rookie starter exited Wednesday's 10-5 win over the Rockies after three innings with a blister on his right index finger.

Flexen started with two scoreless innings, but then allowed five runs on six hits in the third, including a two-run home run by . In his MLB debut last Thursday, Flexen lasted just three innings against the Padres, giving up four runs (three earned).

This time, Flexen allowed five earned runs on eight hits and one walk, striking out two.

Flexen said he's had blisters before, but he thinks he should be able to make his next start.

"It's just kind of a freak thing, it just pinches against the nail," Flexen said, adding that the blister didn't affect his command, and he "didn't even feel it come off."

Manager Terry Collins said the Mets were already planning on removing Flexen after the third.

"The third inning, he went out, and I guess the blister was formed in the second inning," Collins said. "In the third, [pitching coach Dan Warthen] came in and told me he had it right when we were getting ready to take him out."

The Mets trailed, 5-0, when Flexen left. Reliever came in for Flexen in a double switch, with taking 's spot at second base.